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SK1118 Electromagnetism and Waves 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1118 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Electrostatics: Field strength and electrical potential, Gauss's theorem, metals and dielectrics, the capacitor, electrostatic energy.
  • Magnetism: Origin, magnetic forces, magnetic materials, coils, magnetic energy.
  • Technical applications, magnetic induction.
  • Maxwell's equations.
  • Fundamental notions of waves.
  • Electromagnetic waves: Generation, polarization, interference and diffraction, technical applications

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • solve technical problems relevant to its program related to electric and magnetic fields and electromagnetic waves, and assess the reasonableness of the solution
  • use physical measurement methods and instruments, evaluate measurement data and report results and evaluate limitations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SF1624 Algebra and Geometry, SF1625 Calculus in One Variable and IE1206 Embedded Electronics.

Recommended prerequisites

SF1626 Calculus in Several Variable is stongly recommended


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written, problem-based exam. The grading will be based on the exam score. To pass the course, two sessions of laboratory work need to be approved. These will only be offered during the period the course is scheduled.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Max Yan (

Supplementary information

Replaces IF1613.
Conditionally elective for CINTE, Englishversion ofthe course is obligatory forTCOMK
Examination takes place in both Swedish and English (Laboratory, control writing and exam)